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Have you ever used/tried hydrocolloid patches?
Amazon sells some that are 2 different size small circles. You put it on and leave it alone. The hydrocolloid turns opaque and actually grows in size as the hydrocolloid pulls fluid out of the wound.
Regardless, hope it heals soon!
Clean whatever you use to apply your makeup. With hibiclens. It’s on Amazon if your local CVS/Walgreens doesn’t have it.
These hydrocolloid bandages are what I was referring to. Wear them overnight (no epiduo underneath, you risk chemical burns if you do that). Check the reviews and pictures.
Edit: sun/saltwater combo used to work for me was a teenager. Once I hit my early 20’s, it made me break out, like you. I got on a good retinoid, paired with Cetaphil cleanser, and finally have my skin more or less under control.
This is the one; Nexcare Acne Cover, Helps Blemishes Clear, #1 Amazon Seller, 36 Count [link]
Sometimes they’ll stick to my face while showering but that’s more dependent on my oily skin than anything.
They actually are hydrocolloid bandages, but they are the only type I have ever introduced myself to. There are probably cheaper solutions, but I buy these on Amazon and they work incredibly well for me. Sometimes I buy on Walgreens.com when they have 20% off coupons. They are good to have around.
I would try exfoliating twice a week. Follow up with a good moisturizer and sunblock. Some people are sensitive to physical sunblocks that contains zinc, but chemical Sumbax work great for them. You might have to try a few out.
As for the active breakouts, hydrocolloid bandages. these things work great.
ESH. Couples counseling. Your conflict resolution skills aren't good.
If I am understanding this correctly, you only have one room to go to cool down ? You could go for a walk I guess ? How much space are we talking here and for how long ? I don't think you need to kick her out every time.
Fast forward. You are married and live together. You would be the asshole if you told her to sleep on the couch so you can have space. But you are allowed to go sleep on the couch yourself for space. That's fine. You can go to like the office while she stays in the living room to cool off. If she follows you to the office, she's the asshole. If you demand she go to a different room because you need space but she was already in there doing something, you are the asshole.
Also it sounds like she brought up the family stuff, so asshole there. But you are the asshole for "2 wrongs don't make a right." Saying something about her family was shitty.
Popping pimples is bad btw. Don't do that. [link]
Use these on pimples. Check out /r/SkincareAddiction
Quite frankly the original fight sounds like you were being a major asshole. I'm not saying you held her down, but if you kept asking when she said no, you are a huge asshole. If you asked once and she freaked out, you are fine.
I agree on the hydrocolloid patch. I found mine on Amazon for roughly $12 (two boxes) because I needed them ASAP and couldn’t wait for shipping on the AB sites. Here’s a link [link]
As others have mentioned, exfoliating (but max 2-3 times a week, too often will weaken the skin) helps reduce that acne/skin "bump" and primer helps smooth the surface, but can I also suggest these Acne Patches as super helpful for reducing the lifespan of a pimple that's coming to a head. They sort of help "absorb" the grossness so it shrinks in size faster. Popular in Asia, but I don't see them so often in the U.S.
100% recommend a hydrocolloid patches for the painful cysts. I've used a few brands but I like these best. I only wear them at night when I've got a bad one. Look at the reviews!
I had pretty bad hormonal acne that was exacerbated by my birth control when I was younger. I went on medication for it in my twenties for but within the last couple of years I've found a good skincare routine has helped even during periods, more so than the medication.
I agree with /u/neish about a solid skincare routine (shout out to /r/SkincareAddiction) and I believe they meant hydrocolloid bandages for helping with acne, (there may be something cool about hydrocortisone for pimples that I am unaware of, though). I've used these by Nexcare and they've worked well.
Those aren't the pimple patches but are hydro colloid bandages. Depends what you want them for. Also they can be cut. But here are the Nexcare acne patches
Heya, have you heard of hydrocolloid bandages? I use them to put on lanced/popped pimples to help suck the ooze out. They're pretty good.
this is one brand, you can also buy store brand ones and cut them to size for cheapest/efficient use.
Make a dermatologist appointment, but in the meantime try these: [link]
I like the Nexcare ones, they're super cheap, they stick well, and they're a little thicc so they have plenty of room to absorb.
These have helped me so much!
The less you touch your face, the better! I use these at night, even on blemishes that haven't fully erupted but feel coming on. Seriously a miracle product.
It is SO SATISFYING to see the patch in the morning, it turns white with the absorbed oils, and honestly, pulling it off my skin, seeing the contained puffy white goo, and knowing I haven't destroyed a larger area of skin trying to extract a zit, feels even better than popping. (And to be gross, yeah, I'll poke the patch with my nail in awe.)
Couple other tips that are helping me stop the break-out cycle-
Change your pillowcase everyday. I put 3-4 pillowcases on my pillow, and when I go to bed, I take the last one off, and boom, fresh clean surface. This has made a noticeable difference in my skin! Amazon has endless options for inexpensive pillowcase sets, and is cheaper than Bed Bath & Beyond.
Be religious about washing your face before bedtime. I'm not always perfect at this, but I'm working at making it habit. The ritual of caring for my skin helps me stop picking. After I've washed (Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser) and used my products, it is a big motivator to not touch my face.
I also have a ridiculous stash of washcloths. I keep these in a basket in my bedroom, and use a fresh one each morning in the shower, and a fresh one to dry my face at night.
When you have a pimple that has fully come to a head and you just have to pop it, wash your hands first, and better yet, use one of these tools, and make sure it is sanitized (I use rubbing alcohol) before you use it, and after!
I use the Nexcare ones from Amazon, haven't seen them in any stores (USA). They work for me, but are the only ones I've ever used so I'm not sure how they compare to other brands.https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Cover-Drug-Free-Gentle-Breathable/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=sr_1_12_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1542208461&sr=8-12-spons&keywords=hydrocolloid+bandages&psc=1
ETA link...I like the Nexcare ones. Cheap, a couple different sizes, and they do the job of helping me to not mess with my skin. [link]
Actually have an aloe plant and just break pieces off and rub it on my face. It’s a great plant because it hates direct sunlight, and you only have to water it like once every 2-3 weeks. Plus it puts off a ton of oxygen so it’s a great, low maintenance indoor plant that’s also great for your skin.
And as far as hydrocolloid bandages go, I buy the nexcare dots off amazon. And the lancets
Nexcare Acne Cover, Drug-Free, Gentle, Breathable Cover, 36 Count [link]
Care Touch Multi Colored Twist Top Lancets 30 Gauge, 300 Lancets [link]
You sound like you have sensitive skin like me honestly. Try to avoid hot water and harsh products and try focusing on healing your skin for a little bit.
I'm sorry I'm just seeing this - but this is a lancet (I get mind in the diabetes section of the drugstore) and I use these hydrocolloid bandages but I order them from amazon because I've never been able to find them locally. You can use the larger hydrocolloids and just cut them down to size.
I use the acne dots from amazon. They're priceless [link]
Talk to your OB about azelaic acid. I didn’t use it, but it’s the only thing I’ve seen other posts talk about using that was deemed okay for them by their OB.
My OB is super cautious and I keep getting shot down whenever i ask what I can use, so I just did a simple routine (Neutrogena foaming cleanser) and sometimes I will oil cleanse with Argan oil and a drop or two or tea tree oil. I haven’t asked her about the tea tree oil, but I haven’t seen anything related to it being a problem and I’ve probably only used it twice and I’m 20 weeks now.
Keep your sheets and pillow cases clean, make sure to wash your face morning and night, moisturize and try not to pick. You can use hydrocolloid bandages to help overnight (I like the nexcare ones you can find on amazon, also called acne patches or blister bandages). nexcare on amazon
Head over to r/skincareaddiction too for more posts about pregnancy/hormonal acne and the side bar include info on oil cleansing. There isn’t much we can do about it overall, but mine did ease up a lot throughout the 1st trimester and now I hardly get any. Hopefully you’re able to find something that works!
nice review! i've tried almost all of these and agree with all of your points.
i really recommend these! they're my favorite that i've tried so far.
Acne patches really help with chest/back acne in my opinion. Amazon has larger ones as well that you can cut into strips.
It looks like you have some acne and blackheads. BHA (salicylic acid) usually helps with that.
The SCA routine explains the steps in an effective skincare routine.
For the "exfoliate" step, I would recommend a BHA that you use once a week, and slowly up the frequency as needed. There are a variety of products you can use to help acne, but salicylic acid/BHA is usually effective.
For the "spot treatment (optional)" step, hydrocolloid bandages (pimple patches) are amazing. I use the nexcare ones and they work great. If the pimple hasn't popped yet I'll lance it carefully with a sterilized needle before putting the patch on. Always put the patch on clean skin.
Try to find a sunscreen that won't break you out that you can use every morning. Anything labeled noncomedogenic and fragrence-free is usually less likely to cause break outs, but everyone's skin is different. The sidebar has great information on everything I've mentioned.
These have helped me A LOT.
Keeps me from picking and they work really well at drawing out that deep seated oil. They've been a godsend for me.